Is Your Yard Hot or Cold?
Know Your Microclimate
Did you know that there can be a difference in temperature in different areas of your property? This is considered your microclimate. Wikipedia defines microclimate as “a local atmospheric zone where the climate differs from the surrounding area. The term may refer to areas as small as a few square feet (for example a garden bed) or as large as many square miles.”
Thinking about this when planning and planting can make a huge difference in the success or failure of your plants and trees. Here are some things to remember:
- The temperature near a wash will be cooler than a desert area. This is especially true if there is water in the wash. Use plants and trees in these areas that require some shade and can handle cooler temperatures.
- Buildings and walls make outdoor areas hotter than open areas. You want to plant plants and trees that can take a lot of reflected heat in these areas.
- Slopes also contribute to microclimates.
You can use plants and trees to help adjust your microclimate. They can cool an otherwise hot urban area and absorb daytime heat. This is especially important in our desert landscapes.
If you’d like more information about microclimates give us a call at (520) 370-5697. We’d be happy to answer your questions.